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Grange was born in London. He attended Peter Maxwell Davies’s classes at Dartington, and then took further, private, lessons with Davies while at The University of York, where he also studied composition with David Blake. He has held the posts of Fellow Commoner in Creative Arts at Trinity College, Cambridge (1985–7), and of Northern Arts Fellow in Composition at Durham University (1988–9) before joining the music department at Exeter University as lecturer (1989), reader (1995) and professor (1999) in composition. In 2000 he moved to the University of Manchester, where he is Professor of Music.
Philip Grange's first published pieces date from the late 1970s and include Cimmerian Nocturne (1979), which was commissioned by The Fires of London and included a performance under director Peter Maxwell Davies at the 1983 Proms as well as numerous national and international performances. Other early works include The Kingdom of Bones for mezzo-soprano and chamber orchestra, (1983), Variations (1988) and Concerto for Orchestra: Labyrinthine Images (1988)
During the early 1990s Grange completed two BBC commissions, Focus and Fade for the BBC Symphony Orchestra, who gave the premiere at the Royal Festival Hall in 1992 conducted by Andrew Davies, and Lowry Dreamscape, which was premiered at the 1993 BBC Festival of Brass by the Sun Life Brass Band conducted by Roy Newsome. Other works from this period include Piano Polyptich (premiered by Stephen Pruslin at the 1993 Aldeburgh Festival) and Bacchus Bagatelles for wind quintet.
In July 2009, the National Youth Wind Ensemble of Great Britain gave the world premiere of Cloud Atlas, Grange's most recent large-scale work, based on the 2004 Man Booker Prize shortlisted novel by David Mitchell, at the 2009 Cheltenham Music Festival, conductor by Philip Scott.
Grange's music is published by Maecenas and Edition Peters.
- Clive Williamson, Philip Grange Tempo, New Ser., No. 146 (Sep., 1983), pp. 25-30 
- Camden Reeves, Music as Transition a : An Interview with Philip Grange, Tempo (2006), 60: 15-22 .
- Home page at the University of Manchester